Eric Dier was spotted sprinting down the tunnel during Tottenham’s Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea, leaving Jose Mourinho fuming.
With 15 minutes to play – and Spurs trailing 1-0 – the England man was spotted charging off the pitch.
Many onlookers believed Dier was simply being subbed – until Mourinho was seen chasing after him.
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“He had to go, I knew that he had to go,” an understanding Mourinho hilariously said post-game.
The Spurs defender emerged from the tunnel moments later.
Reports from the ground later claimed Dier had simply dashed off to use the toilet.
Fans were left baffled and took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
Amongst the hordes of tweets, Gary Lineker – who infamously failed to reach the facilities during the 1990 World Cup – was quick to have a go.
Lineker tweeted: “Strange scenes as @ericdier runs off the pitch to the dressing room, followed hastily by Mourinho.
“Then Dier runs back out to resume playing. Presumably he needed the loo.
“Players just don’t s*** on the pitch anymore. What’s wrong with them?”
It’s not the first time Dier has darted off the pitch during a cup game.
In fact, in Dier’s last domestic cup outing – the FA Cup penalty shootout defeat by Norwich, he charged into the stands to confront a fan.
He was charged by the FA for leaping over the advertising hoardings and racing up the West Stand to protect younger brother, Patrick.
The Spurs progressed through to the last eight on penalties (5-4) after a tense 1-all draw.
Chelsea led for the majority of the game before Erik Lamela scored in the 83rd minute to tie it up.
This article first appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.